Who knew the original Mercedes SLK concept was so cool? | Highest

2021-11-18 06:52:26 By : Ms. sabrina Liu

The 1994 SLK concept car was more aggressive than the 96 production car

This is the 1994 Mercedes-Benz SLK concept car, which was unveiled at the Turin Auto Show. It used to be a prestigious biennale. The 1994 version hosted a display of the fourth-generation Maserati Quattroporte and about six different Fiat Punto concept cars from different design companies and Mercedes. 

The car was assembled under the supervision of the experienced Mercedes design boss Bruno Sacco, who was responsible for the official Merc Pencil from 1975 to 1999. Play with cars like SLK. However, he wanted to have a little retro look there, when he said: "Except for the current modernity, there is nothing to refer to the Mercedes styling." Therefore, the top-covered rollover behind the seat The protection bar is reminiscent of the 300 SLR in 1955. 

Nah. You need to be able to speak a little German to understand the origin of the name of the future sports car. Mercedes already has the SL convertible, which stands for Sportlich (sports) and leicht (light). The extra K stands for kurz (compact), which represents the state of SLK as a baby SL. 

It doesn't actually have a blue vision until the SLK II concept car that was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in 1994. If you think about it, it’s kind of interesting. The original SLK concept didn’t have the most functions like a concept car. The 1989 R129 Mercedes SL was equipped with the company's first detachable hardtop, but the SLK took it to the next level, setting off a wave of innovative folding features in more affordable cars. In fact, the SLK I concept car does not have a roof at all, it is just to showcase Mercedes' upcoming small convertible. 

The glossy red interior may be reminiscent of the golden age of the 1950s, but it also unequivocally reminds people that this world is not far from the forgotten 1980s. However, this is a sculpted, minimalist interior — a far cry from the fake walnut wood and endless gray plastic that the production car eventually adopted. 

The production car was finally based on the W202 C-class sedan, with a big cut in the middle, but the concept car was customized for the 1994 Turin Auto Show. The car manufacturer tried to create some buzz around the clay model with the alloy wheels stuck to it. Under the hood is what Mercedes calls an "advanced" 4-cylinder gasoline engine that drives the rear wheels, but frankly, this doesn't make your heart beat faster.

Sadly, in the next 30 years, the SLK concept is nothing particularly crazy at all-it is an engineering safety study with a thick windshield, extensively designed passive safety units, full-size airbags, and novelty Additional features (at the time of ABS).

Maybe not, but it doesn't seem to prevent the success of this car-more than 308,000 of them were manufactured between 1996 and the beginning of 2004 when it was discontinued. The strange thing is that the front end of this concept car looks more like the 2010 SLS supercar than the SL at the time, and it may have the 1997 CLK on the square hip. The production version of SLK (code-named R170) has a more elegant and rounded appearance, and it can be said that it better replicates the appearance of the R129 SL...but it doesn't look as interesting as a concept car. 

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